Okinawa Short Film Night, Part 2 Okinawa Week

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Okinawa Prefectural Government


Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 10 min | 2009 | Directed by Ryugo Nakamura

The story takes place in a hamlet in Yanbaru, where old Okinawan scenery still remains. A goat, carefully raised by an old man for his son’s wedding celebration, runs away on the day of the wedding, causing an upheaval in the village. As the goat runs away in frenzy, what it sees is the beautiful scenery of Okinawa. The goat meets a young boy, and becomes aware of its own fate…

The Deer in Me

Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 15 min | 2011 | Directed by Kenji Tabuchi

Asuka, a fledgling actress from Tokyo, visits Aka Island, one of the outlying islands of Okinawa in the southern seas of Japan. Takeshi, a junior school student and the son of the guesthouse owner, is uncomfortable being in front of an actress who he has seen only on TV; yet he is asked to take Asuka on a tour of the island. While walking the island, Asuka sees a Kerama deer, a natural treasure. As she listens to Takeshi’s father tell the story about the Kerama deer, Asuka has flashbacks of harsh words of her co-workers and becomes depressed. Life on the island with Takeshi gradually changes Asuka’s outlook.

Mother of the Groom

Japanese w. English subtitles | Not Rated | 20 min | 2013 | Directed by Chikako Yamashiro and Atsushi Sunagawa

Museum worker Takeshi Kamiya manages to find time every day to practice the traditional Ryukyu art of "Kumiodori" and shows the path of the artist as he works and performs on stage.

His son, Takeshi had experienced lonely days without his father who was almost never home between his time practicing and appearing on stage, but eventually decides to join his busy father in aiming to be a performer of "Kumiodori". That is when he meets "Marumun", the embodiment of traditional arts, which dwells in the theatre.

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